Calling all Storytellers
A Perfect Pitch Bootcamp
3 Groups / 3 Days / 3 Directors
A Limited by Application Scholarship
The world of tomorrow is made up of the stories we create today. Throughout history stories evoke desires, transform audiences around the world and life itself.
Storytellers who are ready and want the kind of finishing touches only a mentor can provide will want to apply for this scholarship opportunity. Over the course of 3-days select storytellers will be mentored in small groups and guided by directors who have a proven award winning success rate of writing, pitching and directing films.
The Perfect Pitch Bootcamp is in conjunction with the CTN Foundation Scholarship Program. Open to all ages 18 and up from worldwide cultures and communities including underrepresented groups and POC.
Submissions are open Nov 3 - Nov 15. The first 30 candidates to sign up who have met the requirements will be selected to participate in this boot camp held in a private zoome room on Nov 20th - Nov 22 from 10am - 4pm PST. Candidates will be notified of their status by Nov 19th.
At the end of 3-days, these 30 storytellers will have made great leaps going from page to pitch with their projects to be ready to pitch for production studios and International markets including MIPCOM, MIPJR, Kidscreen, Children’s Media Conference, Annecy and most recently MIPTV.
Let the magic of storytelling begin!
SERGIO PABLOS' career in animation spans over three decades. His work is well known as a Supervising Animator on Disney films such as "Tarzan" and "Treasure Planet". At the helm of his company, The SPA Studios, he's also known for having developed the original story upon which films like "Despicable Me" and "Smallfoot" are based on. In addition to this, he has worked as a character designer, story-board artist, and most recently as writer and Director of the first original animated Netflix film, "Klaus", all of which have garnered him several nominations including Best Animated Feature at Academy Awards, the Annie Awards, and BAFTA. https://www.thespastudios.com/
ALLESSANDRO CARLONI i is an Italian film director, writer, animator, and art director, best known for his work with DreamWorks Animation. He was the Head of Story of How to train your Dragon, the Head of Story and animation Supervisor of the original Kung Fu Panda, and he Directed Kung Fu Panda 3, alongside Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
He is currently a Writer and Director working for Netflix. He is also the consulting Co-Director for Locksmith Animation's first animated feature film, "Ron's Gone Wrong," which is scheduled for a 2021 release. Alessandro is represented by UTA.
DEAN WELLINS is a director at Walt Disney Animation Studios. A Calarts alum, Dean has spent several decades in the animation industry, both in commercials and features. He honed his filmmaking and storytelling skills with Brad Bird on The Iron Giant. Dean became an integral part of the Iron Giant story team, storyboarding a large part of the film himself.
At Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dean became a go-to story artist on several films, including: Chicken Little, Tangled, Bolt, Princess and the Frog, Big Hero 6, Zootopia (in which he won an Annie Award) and Moana. He’s most known for storyboarding the show-stopping “Let It Go” sequence in Frozen.
Dean soon joined Glen Keane in directing an early version of Tangled, while also writing and directing his own short film for Disney, “Tick Tock Tale." Most recently, Dean was Director of Pre-production on "Raya and the Last Dragon" and is an active member of the WDAS brain trust. He’s currently directing a series for Disney+.
The program begins with three groups, led each by one director in a step by step narrowing down from forty five to three. Being chosen means having the opportunity to pitch to a studio or receive continued mentorship. 3 Groups / 3 Days / 3 Directors
“The time is now. With so many storytellers and so many new outlets to tell stories, the road to connecting those two entities is exciting. I am grateful to help future stories be created, seen, and heard around the world, crossing over ethnicities and cultures. It is very exciting time for creators. Thank you for this opportunity.” -- Tina Price, Owner of CTN.